But it is. All day. Who had fun this weekend? What did you do? Me? I was lazy. No. I mean REALLY lazy. But I think I needed it. I finished off a couple of books. Nothing that really jumped right out at me–beyond my reread of the In Death books so no recommendations there.
Sunday night, I finally got to watch THE AVENGERS. Lawyer Guy and I don’t *go* to the movies. Neither of us can sit in theater seats for that long and I’m not a fan of putting up with other people in a crowded theater. Yeah, I know. I’m antisocial. There hasn’t been a movie in ages that I’ve been so excited about seeing that I couldn’t wait until it came out on video or cable.
THE AVENGERS was FUN! I’ll admit it. I snorfled (which is way more than a gigglsnort). I jeered. I even got all choked up at the appropriate times. This is a movie that I almost would have paid full price plus munchies and drinks and actually watched surrounded by humanity. Almost. I would have been the rude one laughing out loud and drowning out the next lines. Ah, well.
And while I was watching it, I was reminded of what makes good story telling. It takes well-defined characters–even if they’re comic book heroes. It takes ramping the stakes up one more level, ie. torture the characters and then torture them some more. It takes an emotional arc for the characters that satisfies both the plot AND the reader/viewer. And then you have to have a climax that rocks the world. At least within the confines of the story. I went to bed thinking about these things and realized that I needed to do a little work in some of those areas. I’m tweaking today, layering in a bit. I don’t normally do that until I hit the end and start deep edits but this time…this time a few ideas hit and I want to follow them up before they get lost in the climax.
So, who’s seen THE AVENGERS? Who’s your favorite? Me? I was a Thor fangirl until I got a look at Hawk. *snort* Like I’d have a chance with either, but isn’t that what writing and reading and watching movies is all about? We get to engage our imaginations and put ourselves into the story. And that’s the fun of reading, watching, and especially writing. Happy Monday. May it not suck for you!